{Recipe} Homemade Marshmallows & Hot Cocoa

by Sally on December 28, 2011

Looking for something to do with your little people while they’re home from school this week? Making homemade marshmallows is easier than it sounds–and your kids will be amazed by how a few simple ingredients whip up into white, gooey, sticky deliciousness. (And it goes without saying, but from-scratch cocoa trumps Swiss Miss any day of the week.)

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred, though I used regular)
  • 2½ cups powdered milk
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 t. cornstarch
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional; I didn't add it)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly.
  2. Place 1-2 heaping teaspoons of mix (more or less to taste) into a mug and fill with hot milk.
  3. Top with homemade marshmallow.


Homemade Marshmallows
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over ½ cup cold water. Let it stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and ¼ cup water in small saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute.
  3. Pour boiling syrup into gelatin and mix at high speed. Add the salt and beat for about 12 minutes. Add vanilla and beat for another minute.
  4. Pour into a 9x9-inch pan lined with plastic wrap that's been generously sprayed with cooking spray. Spread evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and let the marshmallows sit for 4-5 hours.
  5. Remove marshmallow slab from pan and dredge with confectioners' sugar. Cut marshmallows into pieces with scissors.
  6. Dredge each piece in confectioners' sugar.


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